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Sunday, August 8, 2010
The day after: Jordan Cameron's growth, from his perspective and Matt Barkley's

By Pedro Moura

Extra observations from Sunday's scrimmage, plus surplus notes, quotes and video:
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Cameron has made a lot of changes over the past four months.

In April, I asked him what he did well as a tight end. "I don't know what I do good," he said at the time. "I'm just learning the position right now. I would say I'm a pretty good route runner, being a converted receiver, so I think I can run the routes they need me to run." And blocking-wise, how could he improve? "Just working on the technique during the summertime -- obviously gaining weight and getting physical -- but technique and footwork and hand placement are all key to blocking."

Here's some of what Cameron had to say Sunday. Notice the difference in his confidence level?



It's not only Cameron and his coach who have increased confidence in the tight end's game. It's his quarterback, too. Sophomore Matt Barkley talked after Sunday's practice about the development of several of the skill-position players on offense, including Cameron: